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Last Updated: Saturday, 22 January, 2005, 10:46 GMT
Sanchez on course for Aussie win
Luis Sanchez (let) and Alberto Contador
Contador (right) took the stage win ahead of team-mate Sanchez
Luis Sanchez looks set for victory in the Tour Down Under after an another impressive ride on the penultimate stage on Saturday.

The 21-year-old, in only his second professional race, was part of a break dominated by his Liberty team.

The stage - a 92-mile ride from Willunga to Willunga - was won by team-mate Alberto Contador.

Contador's victory came in what was his first competitive ride since recovering from brain surgery.

The Spaniard first discovered his health problem when he crashed during the Tour des Asturias last season.

"I had bleeding on the brain, which made me crash during that race," he explained.

"Fifteen days later the same thing happened again but when I was asleep. That's when they took me to the hospital, and 20 days later they operated.

"Thank God, in November they said that I was healthy so that's when I started training harder than ever so that something like this could happen.

"I want to dedicate the stage to the team, who supported me during the difficult times."

Sanchez now holds a 35-second lead over team-mate Allan Davis, while Stuart O'Grady is in third place, another 12 seconds back.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins had a diabolical day in the saddle, finishing almost 20 minutes behind the stage winner.


Stage five result:
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) 3hr 17min 51sec
2 Luis Sanchez (Spa) same time
3 Allan Davis (Aus) at 22secs
4 Javier Ramirez (Spa) at 25 secs
5 David McPartland (Aus) same time
6 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) same time
Others:
75 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) at 19 mins 11 secs

Overall classification:
1 Luis Sanchez (Spa) 15hr 00min 15sec
2 Allan Davis (Aus) at 35secs
3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) at 47 secs
4 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) at 48 secs
5 Javier Ramirez (Spa) at 51 secs
6 David McPartland (Aus) at 53 secs
Others:
23 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) at 19 mins 51 secs




SEE ALSO
Sanchez storms to stage victory
20 Jan 05 |  Cycling
Simoni follows pack to Australia
17 Jan 05 |  Cycling
Wiggins switches to road racing
07 Jan 05 |  Cycling


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